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Local donations reach record high for Christmas ‘shoeboxes’

Bitterroot Valley, North Fork and Salmon, Idaho residents were extremely generous in helping children overseas this Christmas season. From this area, volunteers were able to collect 3,718 of the total Missoula area collection of 8,854 shoeboxes—filled with a “Wow!” item, like a doll or soccer ball, and other fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for…

MAPS entrepreneurial class opens on-line store

By Michael Howell Students at MAPS Media Institute have launched their own on-line jewelry store. The institute has offered free after-school classes in design, filmmaking, music and technology since it was founded by Peter Rosten in 2004. From the beginning MAPS has offered classes that combined education with the real world of business and students…

Tadvick retires from Farmers State Bank after 44 years

In December of 1971, Bill Groff hired University of Montana graduate Jim Tadvick to work at Farmers State Bank, Victor. Forty-four years later, Tadvick has decided to retire. Starting as a Management Trainee, Jim worked at nearly every position available at Farmers State Bank during his 44-year career, ending as the Chief Executive Officer. Tadvick…

Sprinkle Pink campaign sets new record

The pink ribbons have been put away for another year and the money that was raised for the Sprinkle Pink Aid for Mammography Fund throughout the month of October in the Bitterroot Valley has been counted. A total of $51,015.70 was raised for the fund. That sum will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Marcus…

New flavors in the Bitterroot

Flavorful Burritos opened its doors to the public for the first time this week. It is located at 101 Church Street in Stevensville. Gus Daza-Obregon, chef and operator, birthed the idea of Flavorful and is excited to see the doors finally open to the people of the Bitterroot. You can see Gus in the kitchen…

Hamilton hometown Halloween

By Randi Burdette Halloween is fast approaching and if you’re still at a loss as to what to do, Hamilton has something for you! Downtown is full of Halloween and autumn decorations. Chapter One Bookstore even has a skeleton named Ichabod sitting at the door to welcome you inside (go ahead, ask him about his…

Wuerthner to speak on fire science myths and policy

By Russ Lawrence Author, photographer, and professional student of fire ecology George Wuerthner will speak in Hamilton on Monday, October 26 on with the goal of dispelling some of the myths that currently surround forest fire management policy, while bringing the most current scientific findings to light. Bitterrooters for Planning is sponsoring Wuerthner’s presentation, in…

Calling all kidney donors

By Russ Lawrence Kidneys are critical organs, so much so that humans have two, although a person can live a healthy life with just one functioning kidney. Clinton Warner’s kidneys failed long ago, though, due to a disease called Wegener’s Granulomatosis. Diagnosed at the age of 14, he has been dealing with it now for…

By Jean Schurman Scott Stiegler, a sixth grade teacher at Florence, didn’t set out to have a head full of hair; he grew his hair out in support of a family friend who was battling cancer. His cause became a school’s cause, and eventually included an Olympic athlete, a Blackfeet chief, and a few friends,…

Knapp memorial dedication to kick off Scarecrow Festival

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the latest public sculpture to be installed in Stevensville will take place on Friday, October 2 at 5 p.m. to kick off the Scarecrow Festival. Join the Main Street Association Design Committee for the dedication of Stevensville’s latest addition to its collection of outdoor art sculptures. This latest work of…